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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    “Hank Aaron told me, ‘We never got out of the batter’s box.’ And Joe Torre told me the same thing. You watch guys now. They’re in the batter’s box and it’s ball one. Then they get out and they’re adjusting everything. I said to the committee, ‘What are they adjusting? They didn’t swing.’” Commissioner Bud…

  2. "Target Field could very well be the AL version of Petco"

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    That’s the verdict of a Yale physicist who deftly notes that it’s colder outside at night in Minneapolis than it is inside the dome and a sabermetrician who has studied the effects of cold air on the trajectory of baseballs and has noted a few interesting things about the prevailing winds in Minnesota. But like…

  3. Jerry Manuel says the Mets "appeared unprepared" for Livan Hernandez

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Even for as big a hater as I am, I would not have guessed that things would get ugly in New York as quickly as they have this season.  Yesterday Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel said “I thought we appeared unprepared and I have to take responsibility for that. … I’m talking about having the information…

  4. What kind of an innings limit does Stephen Strasburg have?

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg’s debut yesterday was pretty electrifying. Supreme heat — his first pitch was 99 m.p.h. — and a good breaking ball clearly overmatched opposing hitters. As Keith Law notes, his changeup needs some work, but otherwise he’s a guy who looks like he won’t be spending a ton of time down on the farm.…

  5. Barry Bonds: "I don't lift as heavy weights anymore to be bulky"

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    I suppose that’s low-hanging fruit. Alas.  Point is that Barry Bonds was back in San Francisco yesterday for the reunion of the Giants 2000 team/celebration of ten years of that nice ballpark they have. He hasn’t done much media lately because someone who is indicted on perjury charges is well-advised to never say anything to…

  6. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    Brewers 8, Cardinals 7: I’m in the tri-state area today meeting NBC folks, planning for the future, talking about the State of the Blog, but mostly just convincing them that they’re entrusting their baseball coverage to a real person and not an android or one kid standing on another kid’s shoulders wearing a long overcoat…

  7. A very cool first pitch in San Francisco

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s the Giants home opener this afternoon, and they don’t skimp on the pageantry. For example, this pic of the opening festivities is about as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet as you can get.  And then there was the first pitch, which I missed, but which was described thusly by the Merc’s Andrew…

  8. Buck Showalter on Derek Lee's butt: "I look at it I say, wow"

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Slate’s Josh Levin has surveyed the experts, and it’s pretty clear: if you want to really know what you’ve got in a young prospect, you gotta inspect his butt.  The scouts’ consensus: if you have a flat butt, you’re just not gonna make it in this game because it means that you’ll never fill out…

  9. Please, please stop saying there will never be a 300-win pitcher again

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    One of the reasons sports journalism gets disrespected so much is that it is standard operating procedure for sports writers to simply repeat evidence-free and even counter-factual assertions about things with little regard for how easily disprovable or unprovable the assertion may be. Case in point: the “no one will ever reach 300 wins again”…

  10. Chipper Jones out until at least Monday but the Braves will be fine without him

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As was mentioned in the recaps this morning, Chipper Jones hurt his oblique in yesterday’s loss to the Cubs. He was originally listed as day-to-day, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he got a cortisone shot today and because of whatever voodoo accompanies cortisone shots he’s out until at least Monday, and may miss…

  11. Man of the Day: Brandon Inge

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    I won’t run this feature every day because, let’s face it, you can go many days in a row without finding examples of bonafide manhood, but I have one for today at least. Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers’ third baseman. I’m watching him in the Indians-Tigers game right now. It was 39 degrees and windy at…

  12. Japanese schoolgirl Eri Yoshida to play pro ball in the United States

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Japanese schoolgirl pitcher Eri Yoshida* — fresh off her tutoring session with The Knuckle Knuckle King — has signed with the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League. Yoshida will be the first woman to play professional baseball in the U.S. since Ila Borders played in the Northern League and Western Baseball League in…

  13. Remember when people thought AT&T Park was going to be a bandbox?

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    In my Twins preview I wondered how Target Field will play this season. We get a chance to see it in action on Monday. But based on Henry Schulman’s excellent walk down AT&T Park memory lane in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, we shouldn’t necessarily take what we see in the early going at face value:…

  14. Hank Aaron: everyone should stop trying to hit home runs all the time

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron, as almost all former players of a certain age do, shakes his head at the kids today: Hank Aaron watches games these days and is perplexed as batter after batter tries to jack pitches out of the ballpark, obsessed with the long ball that made Hammerin’ Hank famous. “I don’t think they understand…

  15. Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explains how a trade goes down

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    I’ve always wondered how trade talks actually happen. Who calls who first? Are the conversations frank or is there this whole dance like when you go to buy a used car or something? Thankfully Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo writes a column over at MASN today explaining how it all goes down. After reading it it’s…

  16. Camden Yards is getting a facelift

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    It’s not necessarily major surgery, but the mere fact that the words “renovation” and “modernize” are being used regarding Camden Yards makes me feel really really old.  Among the stuff they’re doing now and over the next year or two: New seats; New toilets; New concrete on the concourses; New roof on the B&O Warehouse;…

  17. Great moments in bathroom sex at U.S. Cellular Field

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Reviewing the box score of Monday’s White Sox-Indians game reveals that only Paul Konerko and Alexis Rios were credited with home runs. According to John Kass of the Tribune they missed one in the men’s room off the third base line upper deck concourse: “So I kicked the door, just to get a reaction. I…

  18. Mariano Rivera on Joe West: "He should do his job"

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has been a major league pitcher since 1995. In those 15 years, I can recall exactly zero instances of him being critical of someone in the press. The man does his job, takes a shower, goes home and does it again the next day and doesn’t let the petty affairs of the mere…

  19. Chicago White Sox fan suing the team over fan brawl

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Remember the brawl in the U.S. Cellular Field stands at that Cub-Sox game last June?  A White Sox fan named Rubin Lopez does because he was arrested, allegedly beat up by the off duty cops who served as security guards at the game and had his career as a Cook County corrections officer royally screwed…

  20. Nick Adenhart: One year later

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    One year ago this morning we woke up to the news of Nick Adenhart’s death. As Lyle Spencer of MLB.com reports, the Angels are still working through it all. “The shock … I don’t think you ever get over the shock,” Jered Weaver said. “Any time you bring it up, it’s there.” The Angels will…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1: On the scale of unexpected and dramatic comebacks, Vernon Wells starting the season with four homers in three games falls somewhere south of Bruce Wayne donning the cape and cowl after a decade in retirement in The Dark Knight Returns, but somewhere north of Steely Dan releasing “Two Against Nature”…

  22. Target Field: totally green

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Target Field: Where the only thing that isn’t green are the seats: The ballpark has been awarded silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Twins announced Thursday that their LEED score of 36 points is the highest for an outdoor baseball facility in the United States.…

  23. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose on steroids

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Now, to answer your question about steroids, wouldn’t you like to ask Roger Maris how he feels about steroids? Or Babe Ruth how he feels about steroids? Or Hank Aaron, you could probably ask how he feels about steroids. Because those guys all lost records because of people who supposedly took steroids. So that’s a…

  24. Gomes' walkoff homer wins a pitchers' duel for the Reds

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I spent the last 20 minutes reading Masters coverage in which sportswriters talk about how wonderful it is that Player X is leading Player Y because we know a lot about Player Y’s sex life and disapprove of it.  Thank God for day baseball. Best game of the early going today: Reds-Cardinals.  It was a…

  25. Rosenthal: teams "probably" colluded against the players, but it's a tough case to make

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Rosenthal pretty much sums up my exact thinking when it comes to the collusion stuff from the past couple of days when he says: Do I think baseball teams engaged in collusion to hold down free-agent salaries? Probably. Do I think the players’ union can prove that the teams engaged in such an illegal conspiracy?…

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